🔮 2023 Predictions Scorecard: TikTok Ad Growth, Virtual Reality, Mint Mobile & More

🤯 The Ricks revisit their big predictions for the year—what they got right, and what they got hilariously wrong—in the worlds of marketing, media, tech, and pop culture. from December 28. Subscribe now to get episodes the moment they're released! 

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IN THIS EPISODE:

📲 Rick M should have banked on an acquisition for Mint Mobile
🥽 Rick W's attempt at "reverse predicting" about the "Year of VR" pans out
🍿 Domestic box office: Movie madness, sadness—or both?
⏱️ TikTok, brand advertisers, TikTok
👨🏽‍💻 Social media influencer: Elated—or deflated?
🚙 EVs: Charge ahead—or a last laugh for Toyota?
📺 The streaming wars: Has the Great Shakeout begun?
📈 B2B: Is the Hybrid Workforce really here to stay?
🤖 A generative AI reality check: Just starting, or nothing burger?

Approx. 23 minutes, 53 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.

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🎄Hottest But Hardest To Get Tech Toys For Holiday 2023

🎁 In what has become an annual tradition, the Ricks reveal the hottest-but-hardest-to-get tech toys for Holiday 2023. But don’t say we didn’t warn you. From December 24. Subscribe now to get episodes the moment they're released! 

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IN THIS EPISODE

🎤 Nothing could put a damper on Taylor Swift's big year—except maybe this (at :45 seconds)
🍭 A house that smells so good, you might want to eat it (at 1 min, 32 sec)
🥷🏻 The perfect gift for the budding little cybercrook in your life (at 1:51)
👶 Thankfully, the bottle of ketchup doesn't come included (at 2:09)
💩The AI-generated scent that'll have 'em flipping the bird all year long (at 2:35)
🐶 For Dawg lovers snooping for the ideal electronic gift for moms and kids alike (at 2:50)

Approx. 3 minutes, 27 seconds. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🎅🏼 E-Commerce Projections For Holiday 2023

The all-important holiday shopping season is officially here—but what will online and mobile sales look like? The Ricks have your 4-1-1 on this year's biggest e-commerce trends. From November 24. Subscribe now to get episodes the moment they're released! 

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🎁 By the numbers: Sweater weather, ComicCon tickets, and retailers' Christmas wish list (at 00:50 sec)
🛍️ Beyond the totals, what percentage of total holiday sales will come via e-commerce? (at 01:40)
🎄 This year's biggest trends—including the battle between free shipping and BOPIS (at 02:43)

Approx. 4 minutes, 34 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🎅🏼 E-Commerce Projections For Holiday 2023

The all-important holiday shopping season is officially here—but what will online and mobile sales look like? The Ricks have your 4-1-1 on this year's biggest e-commerce trends. From November 24. Subscribe now to get episodes the moment they're released! 

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🎁 By the numbers: Sweater weather, ComicCon tickets, and retailers' Christmas wish list (at 00:50 sec)
🛍️ Beyond the totals, what percentage of total holiday sales will come via e-commerce? (at 01:40)
🎄 This year's biggest trends—including the battle between free shipping and BOPIS (at 02:43)

Approx. 4 minutes, 34 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


Affirmations for Ad Agency Creative Directors—From ChatGPT

We ask ChatGPT for an assist in developing our latest edition of Affirmations for Ad Agency Creative Directors—with unexpected results. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

📸 Nothing beats a celebrity endorsement … right? (at 01:18)
⚠️ Don't forget to harness the power of … punctuation? (01:29)
⚾️ The truth about spec work for RFPs (01:42)
🎪 Think: Experiential—no matter what? (02:02)
🤖 Generative AI isn't something to fear … until it is (at 02:17)

Approx. 2 minutes, 48 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🧠 FOMO for Fun & Profit: The Secrets Of Psychology-Driven Marketing

Fear of Missing Out (FOMO). Social Proofing. Tribalism. What are the most powerful psychological triggers for shaping consumer behavior and beliefs? In an all-new episode, we get insights from Jake McKenzie, CEO of Birmingham, AL-based Intermark Group, one of the nation's top psychology-driven ad agencies. By blending sociology, psychology, behavioral economics, and technology, it's possible to dramatically increase the efficacy of marketing programs. The problem: Far too many marketers start with a creative concept informed by demographic data masquerading as insight. In this can't-miss episode, we explore ways to hack the human psyche to boost marketing performance.

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IN THIS EPISODE:

🧐 An introduction to applied research and "creative psychology" (at 01:01)

🛍️ Adding psychographic insights to demographic data to optimize outcomes (01:43)

🦏 Animal House: Mohawk Flooring's carpet ride to market dominance (03:33)

📍 Building a better brief: Inside the mind-mapping process to make insights actionable (06:59)

👩🏼‍🦱 The problem with marketing personas: Context is everything (08: 57)

👀 The power of psychological heuristics like Social Proofing (10:36)

🍎 Who cares about product specs? Peer pressure doesn't fall far from Apple (12:50)

😳 Juicing demand by building a sense of scarcity–and why too many brands fear it (14:15)

🤓 Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and advances in neuromarketing (16:23)

👥 Focus groups: The need to get past what participants tell you (17:44)

🚭 Smoking surprise: The least and most predictive indicators of a future purchase (18:33)

🙅🏽‍♀️ Why anti-drug campaigns fail to leverage what works in changing behavior (20:13)

✊🏼 Harley-Davidson & Rita's Italian Ice: How brands can tap tribal psychology (21:03)

Approx. 24 minutes, 18 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🛍️ Surprising Stats on Digital Ad Spend, E-commerce...and the Wienermobile?

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Think digital advertising is seeing the biggest increase in marketing budgets this year? Think again. Meanwhile, is e-commerce up, down, or sideways relative to pre-pandemic levels? And who's raking it in if Amazon isn't? Plus: Oscar Mayer's "Meat Fleet" is getting a rebrand. So what are they calling the 87-year-old Wienermobile now?

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IN THIS EPISODE:

📫 What's growing fastest: digital ad spend or…? (at 00:50)
🌭 What do you call an 87-year-old Wienermobile? Cybertruck? (at 03:05)
🏪 Is e-commerce getting old? Or just the online-only variety? (at 04:11)
📊 Are e-commerce sales ⬆️, ⬇️, or ↔️ vs. pre-pandemic levels? (at 04:57)
🛒 Is BOPIS eating the e-commerce giants' lunches? (at 05:18)

Approx. 6 minutes, 30 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🤵🏼‍♂️ Snapchat's AR Mirrors For Prom Season, Consumer Confusion Over AI & More

⁉️ It's time for a quick round of Loaded Questions featuring questions about Snapchat's new AR initiative for Men's Wearhouse, consumer confusion over phrases like "Powered by AI" and more.

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IN THIS EPISODE

🥽 Forget cosplay lenses: Snapchat AR is going retail—just in time for prom season (at 00:39)
💸 A $700 million settlement rocks the media world (at 02:40)
🤖 WTF does "powered by AI" mean? Confused consumers want to know (at 04:32)
🪄 Canva's alternative word for "AI" that's pure–we'll, you'll just have to hear for yourself (at 05:45)

Approx. 6 minutes, 44 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


😎 Pepsi's New Logo, Cottonelle Gets Ripples, NASA's Top Sci-Fi Flicks, Bud's Backlash & More

Pepsi rolls out its first new logo in 14 years. Cottonelle Ultra Clean toilet paper gets up close and personal with 'Tales From…Down There.' NASA names the best—and worst—sci-fi movies of all time. Why Bud Light's missteps may have caused March-through-May Madness, plus a whole lot more. From May 9. 

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IN THIS EPISODE

🌏 Where in the world wasn't Rick Wootten? (at 01:02)
🧟‍♂️ Finally catching "The Last of Us" (at 03:07)
🏆 Did 2023's Best Picture really deserve winning Everything, Everywhere? (at 06:04)
👽 Surprises in NASA's Best & Worst Sci-Fi movies of all time (at 08:08)
🥤 Pepsi's new logo: Choice of a new generation? Same-old, same-old? Or both? (at 11:57)
🧨 Why Bud Light's March-to-May Madness went so wrong (at 15:04)
💩 Cottonelle Ultra Clean's "Tales From…Down There" gets the gunk out (at 18:11)

Approx. 20 minutes, 47 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.


🏆 Landing Legoland—Q&A With Whit Hiler, ECD at Ad Age 'Small Agency Of The Year' Cornett

If the trajectory of Whit Hiler's advertising career strikes you as unconventional, that's only because it is. Forget the background in art or copy. Hiler took a different route to becoming an executive creative director—and so far, it's working out pretty darn well for him.

In fact, mere minutes into a conversation with him, two things happen. First, you can't help but like the guy. And second, you start to appreciate the virtue of possessing just the right amount of naïveté to pursue ambitions someone who "knows better" might foolishly dismiss out of hand.

In this Rick and Quick interview, this ECD at Lexington, Kentucky-based ad agency Cornett (teamcornett.com) talks about his evolution from car salesman, to agency new business rep, to award-winning creative chief. Along the way, he shares how this 50-person Ad Age "Small Agency of the Year" (2021) scored a little account called Legoland Resorts—and helped A&W fix a 40-year-old "marketing fail." From March 21.

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IN THIS EPISODE

🚗 Driving a Modern Don Draper: The evolution as a 21st Century Mad Man (at 0:58)
👕 From retail logos to Legoland Resorts: How hard lessons beget big wins (at 1:24)
👩🏻‍💼 Behind every great ad agency: The wife-slash-boss leading Cornett (at 2:38)
🥊 Joining and jousting A-List agencies for the win—one interlocking plastic brick at a time (at 6:00)
🍔 Helping A&W fix a 40-year-old marketing fail with a little help from "A Beautiful Mind" (at 8:19)

Approx. 11 minutes, 15 seconds. For US audiences. Review cookie and privacy policies for iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud and all other streaming services.